The numbers show that educational attainment in our region is well below national averages and is having an impact on our community, people, and businesses. In Southeast Indiana, only 25% of our workforce has an associate’s, bachelors or professional degree, compared to 38% nationally.

To address this regional issue, the community foundations that serve Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties have partnered on an initiative called Education Matters Southern Indiana. The goal of Education Matters Southern Indiana is to help adult workers who started, but never completed, some form of post-secondary education. This represents roughly 40,000 people in Southern Indiana. Our goal is to increase attainment numbers by 25% in the next five years (10,000 people).

Four solutions to the educational attainment issue have emerged from this collaboration: the need for a public awareness campaign, a peer mentor program, a financial aid database, and convenient programs to assist the adult learner with their goals.

Contact us to become involved in moving the needle forward and reaching the untapped potential in our communities.

Click here to register with Education Matters Southern Indiana to receive information on resources to help you achieve your goals.

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